Quick! Think of a movie soundtrack! Jaws was one of the first soundtracks that I thought of. Well, that one song that represents the shark when he makes an appearance. The movie probably wouldn't have been half as scary if it weren't for that music. Or think of The Wizard of Oz and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Probably most of us can sing a few lines to that song or at least hum along.
Music can change the mood of a situation so quickly. A few years ago, I was driving in the western part of the state enjoying some tunes. I was passing through a wooded area, sort of a little forest. The sun was streaming through the trees and it was beautiful. I didn't really notice until later, but the song had changed and it was kind of moody music. I had never thought of it as scary, but in that environment it was. I suddenly didn't feel so comfortable in the woods. I wondered why I was feeling differently, then realized it was the song. I switched to something more upbeat and felt fine.
That was when I started thinking about the soundtrack of my life. There are certain songs that can take me back to times in my life that are really good or really bad. As soon as I hear them, I can feel what I felt then. We all have these life soundtracks. What are yours?
A bad break-up has basically ruined all Luther Vandross for me. The songs Summertime and Parents Just Don't Understand by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, remind me of when my Boston cousins and I finally met our cousin from California. We had heard about him for years, so there was a lot of anticipation. He was really funny and obsessed with these songs. He played them over and over, but we all loved them too and would sing them together. It kind of bonded us. Nothing but love between the East Coast and the West Coast.
Summertime is such a classic summer song. I still feel instantly happy just hearing it. The weather has been getting colder again here in Massachusetts. It's been getting down to the 50's at night. Next Monday is Labor Day, so unofficially this is the last week of summer. I just want to soak up a little bit more. I don't eat beef myself, but grab a burger or hot dog from the grill, sit back and enjoy the video.
"Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind..."
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